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Learning Opportunities

Community Activities Directory

Have a look at the Work, Training and Education section of the Live Well York Community Activities directory for adult learning  activities and training courses in your area.


Inspire is a unique programme of workshops, lectures and events in York, offering exclusive access to some of the city's most famous spaces with tuition provided by artists, photographers, bakers and historians.

Visit the Inspire website for further information and to book

Support for Success

Support for Success is a social enterprise based in York which offers unaccredited, community and workplace based learning & development for adults.

Want to learn in your own home?

Want to learn as part of a small, supportive group?

Their unique learning opportunities are designed to help you overcome the challenges and difficulties you face, so you can move forward, towards a happier & more fulfilling life.

Public Lectures

York Philosophical Society (YPS)

York Philosophical Society offers activities and an annual lecture series to stimulate interest in and improve public understanding of natural sciences and social sciences. The lectures are free to YPS members, non members are welcome for a suggested donation.

University of York

Every term, the University of York organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Specfic Leaning Groups

Older People

Experience Counts 50+ programme - they are free to everyone.  They offer small group sessions, once a week over 5 or 6 weeks. 

They aim to build the individual’s confidence, self-esteem and help them understand their transferrable skills, which they call ‘hidden talents’.


Specialist Autism Services is an organisation that has been operating in York since 2010 with an intention to continue to further develop the services on offer in the area. Through various forms of support the aim is to make a positive difference to people’s lives, ultimately enabling them to reach their goals and fulfil their potential.

Social Skills learning programme - What are social skills? A social skill is any skill that helps somebody communicate with others. Specialist Autism Services runs a structured programme of daily social skills workshops to provide opportunities for individuals to develop social skills in a non-pressured and engaging environment.

Workshop topics include creative arts, drama, money management and independent living. 

If you would like to find out more about Specialist Autism Services, arrange a visit or make a referral you can email or telephone: 01274 789 789


Learning Disabilities

United Response offers a York Training, Employment & Community Service which supports people to gain employment.

Blueberry Academy has a Learning Hub based at the Melbourne Centre- supporting people into learning and employment

The Wilberforce Trust has a Living & Learning Zone which provides cookery courses and daily living training for people with sight loss and other disabilities.

Brunswick Organic Nursery has a mission to enable people with learning difficulties to enrich their lives through work, developing relationships and building communities.


Family learning courses are offered by York Learning at over 40 venues across the city, including children's centres, primary schools, libraries and community centres. They provide an opportunity for you to brush up your own skills, which will also help your children learn.

All our courses are free and free childcare is offered for some daytime courses.

You can access training courses and latest information at York Learning.

Mental Health

Converge is a partnership between York St John and mental health service providers in York. It offers high quality educational opportunities to those who use NHS and non-statutory mental health services and who are 18 years and over.

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